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Seattle’s new head tax may plug budget gap but won’t allow for additional spending on homeless

Last week I wrote about the passage of the $275 per person, per year head tax in Seattle. That tax, levied only on companies with annual revenues over $20 million, is intended to raise $47 million per year for new home construction and m...
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Data: Low-Skilled Immigration Boosts Republicans

(John Hinderaker) The conclusion of this paper by Anna Maria Mayda, Giovanni Peri and Walter Steingress for the National Bureau of Economic Research is counter-intuitive, but the authors are serious people and the data, as presented, are impressive. The paper’s title is “The Political Impact of Immigration: Evidence From the United States.” Here are the key findings: Our strongest and most signi...

President Trump Takes Charge [Updated]

(John Hinderaker) An hour or two ago, President Trump announced that he is ordering the Department of Justice to investigate the FBI/CIA cabal against him: I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration! &mdas...

Trump to Hold Campaign Rally in Nashville on May 29

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Tennessee later this month on the same day he will headline a fundraiser for Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her Senate bid. The rally will take place on the evening of May 29 at Nashville Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are available online. (...

When fighting for women’s rights goes oh so wrong

I think there’s been a (mostly) general sense of agreement that America needs to get more young women into the technical fields if we want to see gender pay issues abate. That’s where most of the growth is (outside of healthcare) and where you find the most plentiful jobs earning higher wag...

Europe may be realizing America isn’t their sugar daddy or punching bag

This may prove to be an apt moment to discuss the state of the union. But I’m not talking about the U.S. State of the Union here, but rather the state of the European Union. According to some sources, things aren’t looking very good in Brussels when it comes to their view of America. And while...

President Trump Takes Charge

(John Hinderaker) An hour or two ago, President Trump announced that he is ordering the Department of Justice to investigate the FBI/CIA cabal against him: I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration! &mdas...

Nunes approaches the target

(Scott Johnson) House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared for an interview with Maria Bartiromo on the Fox News Sunday Morning Futures program. I’m posting it below for Nunes’s discussion of the documents he has been seeking from the Department of Justice/FBI concerning the true origin of the counterintelligence investigation that has culminated in the Mueller Switch Project. It contrasts markedly with the comments of Jake Tapper and Senator Mark Warner in ...

House GOP gearing up to oust Ryan as Speaker — with Trump’s support?

Wait, why would Trump support the ousting of a guy who’s been a loyal servant to him in Congress? Oh, right: Hell of a detail from @TimAlberta’s write up of Paul Ryan’s retirement announceme...

Starbucks is about to woke their way out of business

There’s a new policy in place at Starbucks and it has nothing to do with the size of your Grand Chunkachino or whether they spell your name correctly on your cup. The coffee giant has been under increasing pressure from the media and social justice advocates after recent incidents resulting in charge...

Tapper raps on

(Scott Johnson) What a snake is Senator Mark Warner, a man of false sincerity and partisan spin is Mark Warner. This certainly comes through in Jake Tapper’s interview with him this morning. I will say that much in its favor. Midway through the interview, Tapper persists in a few questions about evidence of Russian collusion that Warner artfully dodges in his smarmy style. Tapper then takes up the subject of the latest news in the Trump/Russia investigation involving the...

Did Texas Shooter Telegraph His Intentions

Were the warning signs missed? Classmates, social media reveal dark details about Santa Fe killer May 19, 2018 6:41 pm ...

The Most Stupid Answer To Gun Control We Have Ever Seen

Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change By Perry Stein May 19 at 7:45 PM ...

Is the Prof, The Spy?

Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign By Mary Kay Linge May 19, 2018 | 7:23pm | Updated...

Has China succumbed to the art of the deal?

How real is the deal? We may not know for a couple of weeks yet (if not longer) but recent talks between China and the United States have resulted in an initial announcement that Beijing will prioritize closing the trade gap with the U.S. by purchasing significantly greater amounts of goods. Included in...

Sunday Morning Opera: A Wedding & A Funeral

In time for the Royal Wedding, there are weddings in opera.  Very few have happy endings, obviously. There are many marriages in opera. Instead of hitting the actual wedding, I’m just taking the good stuff from a few of those operas. Then, it dawned on me, why bother. It’s time to deal with the obvious. Unfortunately, this leads to the ultimate question: Sills or Sutherland? Bubbles always wins! Beverly Sills, Carlo Bergonzi, Piero Cappuccilli Roberta PET...

We’re from the FBI and we’re here to help you, Mr. Trump

(Paul Mirengoff) Asha Rangappa, a former FBI agent, argues that the FBI didn’t spy on the Trump campaign (or use an informant, as she delicately puts it) to go after Donald Trump. Rather, it did so to protect him. Rangappa argues that the FBI should have investigated alleged Russian infiltration o...

Andrew McCarthy: The DOJ’s disparate treatment of Trump and Clinton

National Review’s Andrew McCarthy has a piece today which challenges the claim that Donald Trump got a pass from the DOJ/FBI in 2016 while Hillary Clinton was treated too harshly, possibly even costing her the election. As McCarthy points out, a close review of the facts suggests Hillary was repeat...

The Russia investigation has exhausted the public

Not that it’s going to influence Bub Mueller one way or the other (nor should it, at least in theory, if we were living in more normal times) but it sounds like the public is quickly reaching the burnout phase when it comes to the Russia, Russia, Russia investigati...

Jazzing up the FBI spying-on-Trump scandal

(Paul Mirengoff) The FBI and its friends in the mainstream media want to make the Bureau’s spying on the Trump campaign seem as dry, innocuous, and non-cloak-and-dagger as possible under the circumstances. An elderly professor contacted three Trump advisers — Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Sam Clovis. He met with Page at least several times and maintained an email correspondence with him. He met with Clovis once for coffee. He met several times for dinner wit...